Faculty of Education

Teacher Education—Primary and Secondary

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.


We can all remember a teacher who made an impact. If you want to make a positive difference in people's lives, and to have the satisfaction of reaching people's hearts and heads, then teaching is the career for you.

If you already have an undergraduate degree, you can take a one year programme in either primary or secondary teaching.

We want the best for our children, and so we want you to be the best. We will prepare you to go out to teach with confidence, experience and the drive to make the difference for New Zealand's next generation.

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Undergraduate Pathways to Teacher Education

There will be no first-year intake into the conjoint BA/BTeach or the BSc/BTeach in 2016 but there are other pathways to becoming a teacher, starting at undergraduate level. Completion of an undergraduate degree provides an excellent pathway into teaching in the early childhood, primary or secondary sectors.

To equip yourself to be the best teacher you can be, think carefully about your choice of courses. Think of your tertiary education as a complete journey towards preparing yourself to teach.

Whichever sector of the education system you are interested in working in, we recommend including courses from the following list as elective options in your undergraduate degree:

  • Education, particularly child and youth development (eg. EDUC 101, EDUC 141)
  • Te reo Māori (eg. MAOR 101, 102)
  • Pacific Studies (eg. PASI 101, SAMO 111)
  • Science in everyday life (eg, SCIE 101)
  • Academic writing (eg. WRIT 101)
  • Statistics (eg. STAT 193) as it is important in primary and secondary
  • education to be able to analyse assessment data to inform your teaching.

If you have particular strengths or interests that are relevant to education, it is good to include courses that develop these in your undergraduate degree—for example, teaching subjects such as mathematics, history, sciences, technology, geography, music, art history, languages and areas impacting on learning and education such as policy, psychology, sociology, sign language, philosophy, cultural studies and anthropology.

When deciding what to include, think ahead to what you would like your particular contribution to education and society to be in your early teaching career, and take the courses that best help prepare you for this. Majoring in Education or Education and Psychology is an ideal pathway for people wishing to teach in early childhood or primary school contexts; for those considering secondary teaching, a minor in Education will be beneficial.

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Graduate and postgraduate teaching qualifications

If you already have an undergraduate degree, you can undertake a one year programme in either primary or secondary teaching.

Options are:

For more information about these programmes see the Teacher Education page on the Faculty of Education website.

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Further postgraduate study

For information about further postgraduate diploma, Master's and PhD study, see the Postgraduate Study pages on the Faculty of Education website.

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How to find out more

Want to find out more about studying at Victoria? Register now to find out more about your study options and keep updated on application and enrolment information, open days and events.

If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email course-advice@vuw.ac.nz.

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.